With Ray Rice dismissed, Bernard Pierce battling injuries and inconsistency and Lorenzo Taliaferro being a rookie, Justin Forsett has emerged as the surprise leader of the Ravens' running game. Heading into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium, Forsett ranks fifth in the NFL with 408 rushing yards and leads the league with an average of 6.4 yards per carry.
The only time reporters typically want to speak with offensive linemen is when things are going bad, like last season when the Ravens had one of the worse running games in the NFL. Times have changed. The Ravens rank in the top 10 in the league in total offense this year.
Some sports name three stars of the game after the game. I'll do that one better: I'm going to name them before the Ravens even play. These will be the three stars of the game when the Baltimore Ravens (2-1) host the the 2-1 Carolina Panthers.
Jeremy Zuttah's athleticism in the middle of the offensive line has been key to a much-improved Ravens offensive front that has cleared space for the running game and kept quarterback Joe Flacco untouched in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But it's moments like that in the meeting room when Zuttah, the de-facto general of the offensive line, impresses them most.
Brigance spoke with The Baltimore Sun about several topics, including his fight with ALS, the Ravens' outlook this season after splitting their first two games and former Ravens running back Ray Rice, whose $35 million contract was terminated Monday with the NFL indefinitely suspending him after a graphic video surfaced of his domestic violence incident.
Displaying a determined running style and an extremely tight grip on the football, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce engineered a turnaround Thursday night following his shaky performance in the season-opener.